Brain injury can have an impact on a person’s psychological state, with many factors contributing to experiences such as clinical depression and panic attacks.
Although these can be confronting topics, it is important to have an understanding of the impact brain injury has on mental health. Once you are aware of these impacts, a range of treatment and support options can be approached with your doctors and support team.
Panic attacks occur when the body reacts as if it is in grave danger in a situation where there is no imminent threat.
People with an acquired brain injury may be at risk of suicide at some stage of their recovery process. It is very important for family members and friends to recognise the danger signs, know how to help and who to turn to for advice or referral.
Brain injury and Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
While the general effects of brain injury can often include a level emotional distress, affecting your ongoing health and well-being, it’s not uncommon for people with a brain injury to experience more specific symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Brain injury is a known risk factor for developing a mental illness, while some people with brain injury will have a pre-existing mental illness. Either way, dealing with both can cause additional stress for the person and their family after a brain injury.